CHENNAI: Heavy police force was deployed at the Tamil Nadu assembly complex on Monday, apparently to prevent the suspended DMK legislators from holding any protest progarmme outside the premises. Three-tier security was in place with hundreds of police personnel on duty. Police personnel were deployed on both sides of the Kamarajar Salai for about 1km — from War Memorial to Parry’s Corner.
Chief minister J Jayalalithaa will present the demand of the home department in the assembly on Monday, and the government apparently doesn’t want the suspended MLAs to hold a protest programme outside the secretariat.
On Friday, the DMK legislators conducted a mock assembly outside the secretariat. The legislators, who brought chairs in their cars, sat outside the premises.
During the mock assembly, which was telecast by TV channels, leader of the opposition in the assembly M K Stalin demonstrated how AIADMK candidates conducted themselves in their leader and chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s presence. He bent down with folded hands, mimicking them. On Sunday, the Chennai police registered a case against Stalin and 60 other DMK legislators for conducting the mock assembly outside the secretariat without permission.
Speaker P Dhanapal suspended 79 party MLAs from the assembly on Wednesday for disrupting the proceedings in the House.
Meanwhile, Stalin and a few other senior DMK legislators, including Durai Murugan, Ponmudi, R Sakkarapani and E V Velu, met at the former’s residence here on Monday morning. After the meeting, Sakkarapani said, “We haven’t planned any protest. Our MLAs, who have not been suspended from the assembly, will attend today’s session.”
Source: Times of India